Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. (cont'd)
He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.
Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" in the intensity and purity of its voice, this extraordinary novel is a love story, a legal drama, and a celebration of the music each of us hears inside.
Ordered by his father to work in the mailroom of his law firm to get exposure to the real world, Marcelo knows that he must find a way to cope with his form of Asperger's Syndrome in order to prove himself, but when a series of events involving his father's partner and a matter of injustice comes to light, Marcelo finds himself in the midst of a dangerous situation.
Number of Pages: 312
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Issues / Emotions + Feelings, Love + Romance, Westerns
Series Title: Schneider Family Book Award. Teen
Age Range: Teen
Author: Francisco X. Stork
Street Date: March 1, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-5132